BreakPoint: Uju Ekeocha and the Battle for Life in Africa

Resisting the Western Culture of Death

What do you call it when Western elites attempt to foist abortion on native African cultures?

At the United Nations, two women were squaring off: one, a Danish abortion advocate, the other, African scientist Uju Ekeocha.

Their opinions expose the deep clash of civilizations across the globe: the culture of life versus the culture of death.

The Danish feminist admitted that she was “a bit provoked” by Uju’s claim that Western countries are once again engaging in colonialism. In her view, she announced, African women should be able to decide for themselves what to do with their bodies, including how many babies they want, and whether to have abortions.

Uju was quick to respond.

“Culturally, most of the African communities actually believe, by tradition, by their cultural standards, that abortion is a direct attack on human life,” she explained. “So for anybody to be able to convince any woman in Africa that abortion . . . can be a good thing, you first of all have to tell her that what her parents and her grandparents and her ancestors taught her is actually wrong.

“And that, Madame, is colonialism.”

Bravo, Uju! She is absolutely right. What else can you call it when secular Western organizations fly into Africa with bundles of birth control and abortion equipment, determined to convince African women that these things are good for them?

Uju, by the way, is the founder of Culture of Life Africa, an organization dedicated to defending African values, including the sanctity of life, the honoring of motherhood, and the dignity of family life. When Westerners launch assaults on these values, Culture of Life Africa responds with the voices of African women.

And what are these women saying? That they love and celebrate their children. That they despise abortion. That they want their authentic needs met, such as the safe delivery of their babies. They want their values respected—especially their belief that motherhood is a blessing, not a burden, even within a poor family.

But Western do-gooders are not listening. Their ultimate goal is the drastic reduction of children born to poor Africans.

For instance, in the wake of President Trump’s decision to reinstate the pro-life Mexico City Policy, Western governments from Canada to Holland raised money not, as Uju puts it, “for food in Africa, not funds for water…and not funds that the Africans can use as they want,” such as for education. Instead, they’re attempting to raise billions of dollars “dedicated to the so-called safe abortions.”

Routinely, African cultural values are aggressively pushed aside—which is why Uju calls fundraising for African abortions “cultural” and “philanthropic imperialism.”

We shouldn’t be surprised that the biggest anti-life groups, such as Planned Parenthood International and Marie Stopes International, are so eager to cut down on the number of African babies. Both were established on a platform of virulent racism. Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger once wrote, “We do not want word to get out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.” Marie Stopes was an enthusiastic eugenicist whose goal was to decrease the number of babies born to so-called “inferior” races.

Is it any wonder that those who follow in their footsteps are determined to pressure African governments to legalize abortion?

You and I need to speak up and speak out—to our lawmakers, friends, and church groups about what the West is doing to Africa. And come to and I’ll link you to the Culture of Life Africa website—please share the articles there with others.

Africans are right to be angry with Western attempts to impose the Western love of abortion on them. We need to stand with them as they fight this battle, recognizing that every baby is precious in the eyes of God.


Uju Ekeocha and the Battle for Life in Africa: Resisting the Western Culture of Death

Check out the website for Culture of Life Africa here. Read more of Uju’s story, and the stories of many African women, and support them as they fight against western powers pushing to advance abortion in their countries.


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  • Just One Voice

    Wow. I feel like I’m in a Star Wars epic. Western countries are the Empire, led by the dark & evil syth who say such things as was quoted.

    What’s even more crazy is how these often liberal-minded people can say such things as “We do not want word to get out that we want to exterminate the Negro
    population.” (Exterminate? Seriously?) Or having goals to “decrease the number of babies born to so-called ‘inferior’ races.”

    And yet they have the audacity to say that pro-lifers are being intolerant, racist, etc?

  • The culture of death has Africa in its crosshairs. They need prayer.

  • gaeliclass

    Excellent article by Eric Metaxas and we all have to thank African scientist Uju Ekeocha for defending her People and their God-given rights to ‘have their babies’!
    Wow .. a dutch abortionist really thinks she has the right to tell Africans or anyone else in any nation
    what to do with their children! How insane this world has become.
    But the AFricans will fight the abortionists – the killers in the womb of today

    May Africa grow and thrive as the West crumbles under the demographic winter it produced and will now reap its bitter fruits!

  • Harold Klassen

    I am definitely against abortion anywhere, but I am a bit concerned that the argument against imperialism could be applied when discussing animism, for instance. Just because something has been believed for generations doesn’t automatically make it right. In this case I completely agree with Uju Ekeocha’s stand against abortion, but I’d hope that the clear Biblical basis for the sanctity of life takes precedence over any argument regarding what was done in the past by different cultures.

    • Timothy D Padgett

      That’s a great concern to have, and we appreciate you bringing it up. I cannot speak for all such organizations, but this one operates from an explicitly Christian perspective, Roman Catholic to be precise. I’ll paste a link to their website below.

      Again, great comment.

      Timothy D Padgett
      Managing Editor

  • Timothy D Padgett

    Thank you very much for this comment. It is vitally important that we be fair to the subjects of our articles, especially those we criticize.

    We have looked into the matter, and, while there certainly is room for interpretation with Sanger’s comments in that letter, we stand by using the quote.

    By itself in the specific context, the letter could well be innocuous. However, in the wider context, given her vocal support of eugenics and her declared attitudes about other races “the aboriginal Australian, the lowest known species of the human family, just a step higher than the chimpanzee in brain development,”it also could mean what we have suggested. The upshot is that she might not have wanted to kill African Americans for being African Americans, as such, but she wanted to kill them because she saw them as inferior by coincidence.

    In the interest of fair play, I’m posting a link to her letter and two articles about it, one supportive and one critical.

    Timothy D Padgett
    Managing Editor